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Oregon Football

Five Players to Know: Offense

October 8, 2018

If you are an Oregon fan you likely know who the big name players are and who needs to step up for the Ducks.

But the Ducks are hosting the nation's No. 7 team in Washington, the hated rival to the North. And they are a very good football team.

Chris Petersen is one of the best in the business and brings a disciplined team to Eugene. Washington might not be stocked full of elite talent but they are plenty good and well-coached.

It's going to be a tough task for this Oregon team and they will have to play a complete game.

Here are five players on offense that make this Washington team dangerous.

Jake Browning - QB

Public enemy No. 1 but this guy knows this offense and this team. He's the unquestioned leader and the engine that drives the bus. If he is allowed to sit back there and pick the defense apart, he will do it. He doesn't have the biggest arm, but he protects the football and he is efficient. Petersen also knows his limitations and scales his offense to fit his skills.

Myles Gaskin - RB

He's put up over 1,300 yards in each of his last three seasons at Washington. So far he's avergaing 4.5 yards per carry totaling 554 yards and 5 touchdowns. He's not had the biggest season yet but he is a very capable back of not only moving the pile, but also breaking the big run. Gaskin is slightly banged up so it will be interesting to see if there are any lingering effects in Eugene this weekend.

Salvon Ahmed - RB/Slot

Ahmed doesn't have the eye-popping stats of an elite guy but he's a swiss army knife you have to account for. This season he has 258 yards on the ground and 68 yards through the air. Neither of which jumps off the page. But Ahmed is that x-factor type of threat that you must account for or he can hurt you. Also should Gaskin be limited, Ahmed would likely take his carries.

Aaron Fuller - WR

Fuller has developed into a legitimate offensive threat. Fuller has 574 yards this season and has posted back to back 100 yard games for the Huskies. He's only listed at 5-foot-11, 186-pounds so it's not his size that proves to be an issue. He's an effective route-runner, he's physical and more importantly he has strong chemistry with Jake Browning. Oregon has to keep him in check and limit his explosive plays to keep this one close.

Cade Otton - TE

Again not a household name nor a guy with eye-popping stats (4 catches, 41 yards) but at 6-foot-5, 250-pounds he's a legit red zone threat. Otton will also be counted on as an extra blocker for an offensive line that is likely outmatched by Oregon's defensive line. Getting pressure on Browning is paramount and Washington will count on Otton to deter Hollins, Jelks and company from crashing the edges. 

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